Outpost (2008)

April 12, 2011 - 10:46pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: action, Brett Fancy, Enoch Frost, Julian Rivett, Julian Wadham, Michael Smiley, military, nazi, nazi zombies, nazis, outpost, Paul Blair, Ray Stevenson, Richard Brake, Steve Barker, uk, underrated, Zombie Movies

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Steve Barker
Ray Stevenson, Julian Wadham, Richard Brake, Paul Blair, Brett Fancy, Enoch Frost, Julian Rivett, Michael Smiley

Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent) was originally set to direct when this project was first announced back in 2003, but was eventually replaced by newcomer Steve Barker in 2006. This may explain why bits of the film were very reminiscent of Dog Soldiers. Marketed as a zombie flick, Outpost tackles the rarely-used theme of undead Nazi soldiers battling it out with modern day military-trained men.

This isn't the first time we've seen Nazis return from their graves, as apparent in the 70's film Shock Waves, and 2001's The Bunker. However, the undead soldiers in this film are more of a supernatural force than straight-up zombies, like the cheesy DVD artwork would lead us to believe. Sure they may walk slow and take a bunch of bullets, but they don't offer any other similarities. It's much better off this way, since it blended in with the film's creepy atmosphere early on in the feature.

The story basically follows Ray Stevenson's (HBO's Rome) character as a hired mercenary, who's enlisted by a mysterious scientist to put together a group of trained men and escort him through hostile territory somewhere in Eastern Europe. What was expected to be a quick and simple job, turned out to be a fight for their lives, when they find themselves at an old underground WWII Nazi bunker, and the soldiers from the past haven't given up on the war.

The film offer's a little action in the beginning and some decent suspense and creepy atmosphere when they enter the old underground bunker. We get some blood, but surprisingly not much in terms of gore, which I'm sure would have been in the film had Marshall stayed on board, but for a first-time director Steve Barker pulled everything else off well. The above-average look and feel the movie offers combined with an interesting premise and cool characters helps it stand out on DVD shelves.

This was a surprisingly good film thanks to the interesting premise, cool characters, and an underused foe. Added with decent production values and a talented crew, the movie delivers some creepy atmosphere early on, and some nice action throughout the rest of the pic. Worth a check.

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